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All the Way to the Grand Canyon
by Joan Hagy (Mar 2013)

Finding an abandoned baby doll

at the Petrified Forest entrance sign,

A girl like me wonders,

"How does one leave behind

such a well loved token of security?"

Was mom too busy with the other children

after dad snapped a family picture of

everyone in front of the entrance sign,

saying 'Cheese!’?”

A girl like me concludes,

"There is sorrow in a minivan,

miles down the interstate,

dad's white knuckles on the steering wheel."

A girl like me decides,

"You have to leave the doll right where it is

because any minute now that minivan will turn around,

on a rescue mission,

and that baby will clutch her security

all the way to the Grand Canyon."

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